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Chávez rival hiding out to avoid jail

A leading opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez skipped a court appearance Monday to avoid being tried on corruption charges and instead is seeking asylum abroad to escape what he says is a trumped-up case and political persecution. Manuel Rosales, the mayor of Maracaibo and Chávez’s opponent in the 2006 presidential election, can’t receive a fair trial, Omar Barboza, president of Rosales’ political party, said Monday in explaining why Rosales chose to remain in hiding. Full Story

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